Good morning! Congratulations on surviving (so far) the blistering winter storm that is not named Hercules. Here's what happened while you were sleeping.
About six inches of snow fell in New York City, where, as of 7:30 am, it's 11 degrees with a wind chill of minus four. Not that the cold weather has stopped the new mayor from clearing sidewalks (helping his son Dante out in the process):
Schools are closed for the day in New York City, Washington DC, and Boston. Hundreds of flights into Boston's Logan Airport have been cancelled and JFK temporarily shutdown this morning. But most other transportation options in New York are open, if running a bit slower.
Boston was slammed with as much as 14 inches of snow, while other parts as Massachusets are under about two feet. Philly and Buffalo got about six inches, and most of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont received between seven and 17 inches. And parts of the Midwest are still covered from storms that began on New Year's Eve; Chicago and Detroit both have about 11 inches, and Indianapolis is at six inches.
As bad as the snow was in some places, the cold has been much worse... pretty much everywhere.
The high in New York City is 17—the low is 2—but with winds as high as 25 mph, the wind chill could drop to minus 13. But that's nothing compared to parts of Maine, where the wind chill will push temperatures below -30.
In other words: Be smart and call in sick today.
[Image via AP]